Sharon Elaine (Pittsley) Montgomery passed away peacefully from a sudden illness in the morning of Saturday, June 24, 2023. She spent her entire professional life as a Registered Nurse, most of that as an ER Nurse at Marlboro Park Hospital, in Bennettsville, SC. Her wish was to have her ashes interred in the Pittsley family plot in Freetown, Mass. Some of her ashes will be spread on the ground of her home in Hartsville, where her favorite horse was buried, and also on the spot where her favorite dog was buried. They will also be spread on the ground around the house her father built in Freetown, Mass. and where she grew up.
I am her son, Daniel. She's been taking care of me, in one way or another, my entire life. The words do not exist to express what she was, what she did, or who she was to those of us that knew and loved her. Her extended family was willing to share some memories:
My brother, Troy remembers all they went through to put horses in a trailer and bring them down to Myrtle Beach for an event ride when he was a young teenager, and how much he loved riding the horses with her on the beach and how special it made him feel. Yes he is her son, but making other people feel special was one of her gifts.
My son, Daniel shared the memory of him and I building a little greenhouse for her in the front yard. This is after she became disabled, but he remembers how she nearly jumped into it and started setting things up and making plans and how she was so animated and excited. Animated and excited describes how she basically did everything.
Her brother, Michael, remembers how she would constantly tell him "Shut Up!" Our family loves to joke with each other, and that's what she would say when you caught her with a good dig. Always able to laugh at herself describes her sense of humor.
Her Sister In Spirit, my aunt Juli, remembers so many, many things they did together, and all the things my Mother loved. What stands out is the fact that Sharon was a lifetime member of GirlScout, and that one camping trip they went on together, where they got rained out so bad the tent floated away. It didn't stop them, though. Resilient describes how she approached her entire life.
Her niece, Casey recalls Sharon's love of animals, and how working with Sharon's favorite horse Nina, instilled a love of animals in her that has helped shape her life. Love. Love describes who she was and taking care of others was just an extension of that. She truly spent her entire life trying to take care of others.
Her niece, Cheyenne admired and appreciated Sharon's dedication to, and love of her family. Sharon regularly traveled the over 900 miles to be there with her family during many of their important life events.
The last many years of her life, she wasn't really able to do much at all. It didn't stop her from cooking for me or cleaning the kitchen, though. Nobody at work, or much of anywhere else, ate better than I did. She was still taking care of me. She would tell you that I was taking care of her. There was a lot of that on both sides, I suppose.
The biggest shame is most people will never know what a great person she was. Her heart was bigger than her body and her love of life was only eclipsed by the size of her heart.
I miss you, Momma. We all will miss you very, very much. We Love you.